Promising start for Junior Black Sticks and Jillaroos in Pool C
Pool C, also known as the Oceania pool, today saw New Zealand dominate the match against Russia, delivering a double digit win.
New Zealand v Russia 10-0 (5-0)
From the very beginning of their encounter with Russia, the Junior Black Sticks had firm control of the match, adding goals at a steady pace from the second minute until they hit double digits with a penalty corner conversion after regulation time had ended.
Dominating play throughout the match, New Zealand had scores of scoring chances, both from penalty corners and open play, and Sian Fremaux, Brooke Neal and Sophie Cocks were good for two goals each, while Philippa Symes, Erin Goad, Kimberley Tanner and Jennifer Storey each added one.
Russia visibly struggled with the pace and energy the Black Sticks were imposing, and had difficulty to challenge their more experienced and physically superior opponents. Having come into the tournament as the first replacement nation when France withdrew from participation, Russia were expected to find it hard keep up with some of the higher ranked teams in this competition, but the team will be hoping to find a better rhythm in the coming days.
Voices after the match:
Chris Leslie, Coach New Zealand: "First, it is good to get the matches on the way. We've done a lot of training, we've been in Germany for a few days now, so it's great to start the tournament. It's fantastic to start with a good result, nice to score lots of goals. We always come to tournaments to win, but we take it one game at a time. The focus was on playing Russia today, and now we move on and focus on India tomorrow. The tournament so far has been fantastic. Fantastic stadium and the weather has been good. The organisation has been fantastic. I'm very happy."
India v Australia 1-6 (1-3)
Australia produced a solid 6-1 win over India in their first match of Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. The Jillaroos are ranked second in pool C now while India are currently third.
Kathryn Slattery took the lead for her Jillaroos when scoring from open play in the 17th minute. Slattery's lead was doubled by Murphy Allendorf three minutes later. India took advantage when Australia were short in numbers as Amelia Spence was sitting on the sin-bin. Anupa Barla got her team on the score board making the result 1-2. However, it did not take long until the Jillaroos scored again. Madison Fitzpatrick lifted the result to 3-1 with four minutes remaining on the clock.
The second half saw Australia’s Broke Peris and Anna Flanagan, FIH Young Player of the Year, being on target. First Peris scored from a penalty corner followed by Flanagan’s penalty stroke goal.
The young Indian team worked hard to get back into the game but the strong Jillaroos team, containing five members of the Hockeyroos squad that recently won the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, did not give them much space. However, India were able to win two more penalty corners but both were saved by Elizabeth Duguid in the Australian goal.
With less than 90 seconds remaining on the clock, Peris added another goal securing a solid 6-1 win to start into the tournament with.
Voices after the match:
Neil Hawgood, Coach India: "For us, the result is qute bad, but the girls played a good game. We have failed to score more goals. Our only mistake was that we did not score timely. Our goal is to at least reach the semi-finals, and I think we can still do this."
Craig Victory, Coach Australia: "We still have a lot of work to do. We worked really hard. We need to sustain 70 minutes, but today we only worked for maybe 50 minutes. It's very important thatwe look from game to game. The atmosphere here is fantastic and the stadium is lovely. We're excited to be here!"Back